“Though understandable in the present economic environment, reduction in funding of federal science agencies is regrettable. Numerous studies have shown that U.S. competitiveness is based in large part on innovation and that peer-reviewed research is a hugely important driver of that innovation.
“But isn’t it reasonable to emphasize “hard science” funding at the expense of the “softer” social sciences and humanities? Absolutely not. A life in medicine and science has taught me that our most difficult challenges may require scientific expertise but will not be solved by science alone.”
Cornell President David Skorton, arguing for the importance of peer reviewed social science research in an opinion piece in the Washington Post.